Monte-Carlo Television Festival celebrates 55th birthday

With the annual Monte-Carlo Television Festival about to glide into town at the ripe old age of 55, CityOut guides you through the event’s many highlights

For those of you feeling Monaco’s glamour levels have waned somewhat following the departure of last month’s Monte-Carlo Grand Prix; don’t despair! A whole new wave of celebrities are about to hit the Principality.

Saturday sees the arrival of the 55th edition of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, and with it, a host of the television industry’s most talented stars.

Running from 13-18 June, this year’s festival will see some of the world’s most celebrated actors, producers and scriptwriters converge on the Grimaldi Forum in a celebration of television’s most feted programmes.

Founded by Prince Rainier III in 1961, the festival was created to celebrate television’s ability to unite and educate cultures throughout the world.

Rainier’s son, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco,  took over as Honorary President of the festival in 1988, and  with Joan Collins, Donald Sutherland and Eva Longoria all having graced the red carpet with their presence in years gone by, 2015 will feature a similarly stellar list of names.

The event will be launched with a star-studded opening ceremony at 19:00 on Saturday;  hosted by H.S.H. Princess Charlene.

After strutting their stuff along the tapis rouge, stars such as Terrence Howard, Patricia Arquette and Bo Derek, will enjoy a special screening of hit American drama, Empire, before the dancing the night away at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel’s official opening party.

E-ticket invitations to the opening ceremony and party can be downloaded via the festival’s website, with VIP tables also an option should your budget stretch that far.

Presided over by event director, Laurent Puons, the festival offers an inclusive feel  often absent at other industry meetings, with photocalls, autograph sessions and free screenings all open to the to public.

The piece de la resistance of the festival comes on Thursday evening in the form of the prestigious Golden Nymph Awards Ceremony.

Headed by former Rolling Stone WAG, Bianca Jagger, this year’s jury features the likes of Patrick Duffy, Eric Close and Hiroshi Kurosaki,  who will all cast their votes in recognition of the world’s best actors and television shows.

The lucky winners of the four categories – TV Series (Drama and Comedy), Television Film, Miniseries and News – will be presented with a Golden Nymph statuette which are copies of the Nymph Salmacis created by Monégasque artist François-Joseph Bosio. Bosio was chief court sculptor to Louis XVIII and his original design is still on display at Paris’ much-heralded Louvre museum.

The ceremony will be followed by a gala dinner in the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club’s stunning Salle des Étoiles.

Packages for the dinner, which will be attended by H.S.H. Prince Albert II, can be booked via the festival’s website and include a VIP Cocktail, reserved seat at the ceremony and private concert.

However you choose to participate, don’t miss your chance  to rub shoulders with the television industry’s elite in this high-status event.

Further information
Address: Grimaldi Forum, 10 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 99 99 20 00